for children of the 70s

Please, please be gentle and think about what you’re saying when you’re talking to children. I met a woman in her 60s-70s the other day who was nervous about her new haircut not having bangs because someone told her she had a large forehead way back when she was 12 and she still felt self-conscious about it not being covered up. Your words really can affect a kid’s life that far into their adult future.

On Tuesday, the world learned the name of Khan Sheikhoun, a town in Idlib, Syria, after government forces used what was likely a chemical bomb containing a nerve agent on innocent civilians. Between 70 and 100 people, including dozens of children, were killed in the attack and as many as 500 were injured. Witnesses described the horrors of the aftermath - much too graphic for me to write here. But this is nothing new, it is not the first time President Bashar al-Assad has slaughtered innocent civilians, especially children, in his own country. It is not the first time he has left people laying on the ground foaming at the month until death from use of illegal chemical weapons. It is not the first time the world has been shocked by images from within Syria. It is not the first time global leaders have spoken out and condemned this sort of barbaric extermination… Yet it continues. For 6 years, this war has raged, a war officially between the government and a rebel army, but it is hard to see this as anything besides a war on the innocent Syrian people. The toll is impossible to calculate to an exact number, but most estimates indicate more than 200,000 innocent people, including more than 50,000 children, have been killed to date, and almost 5,000,000 have been displaced. I don’t have the answer, I don’t know what should be done or even what could be attempted, I can’t tell you who did what and recall every detail, but I know one thing, no matter the intricacies, it must stop. Syria is one of several points on this planet which holds the history, known and unknown, of our species, it was once an epicentre of art, discovery, and science - perhaps the oldest civilization besides Mesopotamia, yet it is being destroyed as if it were nothing more than a piece of trash. A jewel in world history has been reduced to ruins. And that is just the past, the future is being decimated as well. With each traumatic injury, with each innocent fatality, the light of Syria’s future weakens. It will take hundreds of years, multiple generations, for Syria to overcome the current suffering, and the scars of today’s battles may never heal. If only we’d think of the children, there is nothing a child could do to deserve the nightmares of war, nothing a child could do to deserve anything close. Adults create war, adults create the weapons that kill, adults create the politics and the fighting, adults create power and money, adults are the cause of and reason for mass conflict, but they do not bear the greatest loss here, it is the children that do. Like I said, I don’t know the answer, I am not even sure of the question, but the motivation to end this all is clear - the innocent children of Syria. My heart aches and shatters for Syrians in the war zone and across the world, I can’t imagine your pain so I won’t even pretend to understand, but I hope you still believe in the goodness of humanity, I hope you still find reason to carry on, and I hope one day, Syria can again be an epicentre of civilization. Most of all, I hope you find safety, and your loved ones find safety. Whether it is peace in Syria or a new home until the fighting ends, I hope you find stability and safety. 

Evidence shows Assad forces used sarin gas in deadly attack, French official says

  • France’s foreign minister said Wednesday that evidence proves that the sarin gas used in a deadly attack on a rebel-held Syrian town in April came from the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. (Reuters)
  • The April 4 attack on the town of Khan Sheikhoun left more than 70 people dead, including 20 children, some estimates said (Guardian)
  • Citing a French report on Wednesday, French foreign minister Jean-Marc Ayrault told reporters that forces loyal to Assad’s Syrian government “undoubtedly” used sarin gas in the attack on Khan Sheikhoun, Reuters reported. Read more (4/26/17 6:25 AM)

anonymous asked:

I just saw someone say that every president before Lincoln owned slaves and honestly I'm in pain

Another individual who needs a fact check. 

American Presidents up to Abraham Lincoln:

  • George Washington
  • John Adams
  • Thomas Jefferson
  • James Madison
  • James Monroe
  • John Quincy Adams
  • Andrew Jackson
  • Martin Van Buren
  • William Henry Harrison
  • John Tyler
  • James Polk
  • Zachary Taylor
  • Millard Filmore
  • Franklin Pierce
  • James Buchanan
  • Abraham Lincoln

Those sixteen presidents make up 35% of the US presidents. 

List of American Presidents up to Abraham Lincoln who owned slaves:

  • George Washington
  • John Adams
  • Thomas Jefferson
  • James Madison
  • James Monroe
  • John Quincy Adams
  • Andrew Jackson
  • Martin Van Buren
  • William Henry Harrison
  • John Tyler
  • James Polk
  • Zachary Taylor
  • Millard Filmore
  • Franklin Pierce
  • James Buchanan
  • Abraham Lincoln

This shows that not every president owned slaves before Lincoln and that 22% of the US presidents owned slaves. 

But this is not including the two US presidents who owned slaves but were president after Lincoln: Andrew Johnson and Ulysses S. Grant which means 26% of the American presidents owned slaves. 

George Washington owned approximately 317 slaves and freed all them in his will; Thomas Jefferson had 200 and it is recorded he freed one before his death and five in his will as well as having slave children; James Madison a little over 100 and freed none; James Monroe 75 and according to a call with James Monroe’s Highland in Virginia, freed no slaves; Andrew Jackson had a little over 200 and did not free his slaves; Martin Van Buren owned one slave named Tom who escaped and was offered to the person who found him but Tom stayed free; William Henry Harrison owned 11 slaves and had slave children, John Tyler had 70 slaves and had slave children; James Polk owned 25 and freed them in his will; Zachary Taylor had more than 150; Andrew Johnson owned 8 and freed them; Ulysses S. Grant owned five and freed them.

Narrowing down the list even further we can see which US presidents owned slaves while in office:

  • George Washington
  • John Adams
  • Thomas Jefferson
  • James Madison
  • James Monroe
  • John Quincy Adams
  • Andrew Jackson
  • Martin Van Buren
  • William Henry Harrison
  • John Tyler
  • James Polk
  • Zachary Taylor
  • Millard Filmore
  • Franklin Pierce
  • James Buchanan
  • Abraham Lincoln
  • Andrew Johnson
  • Ulysses S. Grant 

While 22% of US presidents owned slaves, 17% owned slaves while in office.